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Q: What determines how well someone recovers from a stroke?
A: The first factor that influences a person’s recovery from a stroke is the nature of the stroke itself: how much damage occurred in the brain and where. Receiving acute medical attention is important; treating ischemic stroke (the most common form, caused by a blocked blood vessel) with a clot-busting drug shortly after the stroke can reduce its effects.
Randie M. Black-Schaffer, medical director of the Stroke Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, says, “some areas of the brain are more forgiving than others.”